Report in the Landsberger Tagblatt: Claus-Peter Reisch – Hilfe für Menschen in Not gGmbH is organizing a charity event with Günter Grünwald on 21 March 2024 at 19:00 in the Schlossberghalle in Starnberg. The donations will all go to the Back to School project – The rolling classroom – buses that are converted for teaching purposes for refugee and camp children who would otherwise have no opportunity to integrate into the Turkish school system.
Donations can also be made to the Help Children Foundation, which fully supports the project. On the one hand, new buses need to be equipped to reach more children, and on the other, running costs need to be covered, such as fuel costs and salaries for Turkish-Syrian teachers who can introduce the children to the Turkish school. The project looks small at first, but it can have a huge impact if the children who already attend a Turkish school then teach their families and friends, so that more and more children from camps can become ready for school. As a wise man once said: a great journey begins with one step.
And here they are: The First Steps: Donate and be part of it! Thank you!
The second rolling classroom was put into operation on December 18, 2023. Around 90 children in six classes are now attending preparatory lessons and around 150 children are attending kindergarten. The project was launched by the organization Claus-Peter Reisch – Hilfe für Menschen in Not gGmbH in partnership with IMECE with the aim of enabling as many of these forgotten Syrian children as possible to attend school and thus open up new prospects for the future. In this project, the Help Children Foundation is supporting the purchase and conversion of the buses as well as the ongoing operation of the school and kindergarten.
The 2nd rolling classroom from the inside:
The children are concentrated and enthusiastic during the lessons. The children love to learn! Any child who is not encouraged cannot develop their full potential as an adult. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to ensure that children can learn! And that is what Help Children Foundation stands for – so that children can learn and develop!
Lale – Tulip – Maybe the first word you learned in Turkish language 🙂
The first IMECE-Bus children are enrolled in a regular Turkish school. Claus-Peter Reisch reports this wonderful news to Help Children Foundation and is filled with happiness. This gives him full motivation to convert a second bus into a rolling classroom. It is so important, says Claus-Peter Reisch, that the children are given prospects for the future. He thanks the Help Children Foundation for their excellent support.
The first rolling classroom was launched in February 2023. The project was mainly implemented by Claus Peter Reisch – Hilfe für Menschen in Not gGmbH in cooperation with IMECE. The converted coach visits Syrian refugee children in Turkey and offers them preparation for regular school lessons. This means that around 45 children of primary school age can look forward to their daily lessons. The lessons prepare the Syrian children for admission to Turkish elementary school. In addition to a primary school teacher, there are also two teachers on board. They look after around 80 children of kindergarten and pre-school age every day. The children can develop their creativity and are introduced to learning activities in a playful way. The bus project was implemented with strong support from the Help Children Foundation.
Video of how such a bus is made
Interior design of a “rolling classroom”
Teaching in full swing
How wonderful it is when the children are eager to learn with joy!
The children live with their families in temporary camps, usually on the outskirts of a Turkish village. As most of the refugee children have never attended school and hardly speak any Turkish, they cannot make the transition to local schools without help. In prior consultation with the mayor and principal of the village, the IMECE-Bus takes on this important task. Over 50 children have already successfully started school in just a few months. They can finally go to school like all the other children and look forward to a better future in their new home.
Back to School – A strong education project for the forgotten Syrian refugee children in Turkey
Around 150,000 Syrians live in temporary “settlements” on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Of these, around 113,000 are women and children. The care situation is dramatic, they fall through all the cracks and for the most part receive no official support.
Help Children Foundation supports the organization Claus-Peter Reisch – Hilfe für Menschen in Not gGmbH, which, together with its partners Landsaid e.V. and IMECE, will bring around 400 Syrian refugee children closer to school over the next three years.
These children have never seen a kindergarten or a school in their life of hardship, as most of their parents can only speak and write Arabic. As a result, they have virtually no chance of attending regular classes.
We want to change this to give these children a chance for the future. With your and our support, a disused coach is to be converted into a rolling classroom, equipped and maintained.
You are welcome to participate and support the bus by specifying the keyword “school bus” with your donation.
Here are some pictures of school lessons already taking place:
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